Welcome to your lodge!
Yay! I'm so excited that it's finally time for my lodge! And how cool there are so many Feb mom's on here - love being able to follow all the pregnancies this way!! I'll attach my "Feb Space" which I've kept updated - it has lots of pics and milestones and appts and stuff. Then I'll tell you my birth story with DS next!
About Us :love3:
My name is Sarah. Dave and I were married in 2000. I was diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and we went through two years of fighting harder than we ever thought we could. In 2003 I was declared in remission! Dr gave the ok to TTC #1 in 2004. I joined the TTC #1 board on pg.org that June and got my BFP in November of that same year. Some of us started the TTC #1 Grad Board and I co-moderated it for about 2 years. A few months after DS was born, my brother was killed in Iraq. We moved to another state to help raise my niece and nephew for a few years and finally got back on our own for a little over a year. Decided we'd better start TTC again if we wanted to have another kid! It took us about 3 months to get this BFP. We are so excited and would love to have a little girl this time since we are done after this one. But two boys would be so much fun too!
Sharing the News
5 days before AF was due I just felt the urge to test. I had a test under my sink and I woke up really early and could not go back to sleep. I finally did go back to sleep and decided to not test that day, I would wait a few more days. When I woke up I was thinking about that test again. I finally said to myself I could just take the test, get the BFN, and then just buy another test in a couple of days. When it popped up "Pregnant" I was in shock! I knew I could be pg but I never expected it to show up so early! I left the test on the counter to get DH. I told him to go in the bathroom because he needed to see something. He had no idea what I was talking about because he knew it was too soon to test. He walked in there and just started laughing! He was so happy and shocked! First thing he wanted to do was tell DS
We called our parents first and then siblings. We told a couple of really close friends that day. Mostly we waited until after our first appt to tell anyone else. Some people closer to me guessed because I was so sick - it was hard to hide from people who really knew me - and I didn't want to lie! After our first appt and u/s at 8 weeks, we posted it on facebook.
Ultra Sound Pictures
8 weeks 5 days
:cloud9:Finding out the sex
We made an appt at a 3D u/s place about a month in advance. At 18 weeks I went in with DH, DS, my mom, my sister, her husband, my MIL, and my SIL! The place was really nice and it was a huge room where everyone could see on the really big screen. She started showing us the baby's face and how she was moving around but DS was getting impatient right away - he said "is it a girl??". The u/s tech laughed and said, "ok someone's getting impatient - we'll cut right to the chase!". She was really quiet and was moving the wand all around and being really careful. I couldn't tell what she was seeing honestly! Finally she said, "ok, are you ready to know?" She froze the screen and put in an arrow and started typing GIRL! The whole room erupted with screams! Everyone in both of our families wanted us to have a girl. While everyone's screaming, I just looked at her calmly and said "seriously?". I just couldn't believe it! I was so sure that she was going to say it was a boy. I wanted a girl so badly that I wouldn't let myself believe that it could actually happen! The u/s lasted a full half hour and I had her check that baby from every single angle before we left. She finally said, "I'm positive it is a girl - I'm not wrong - it is definitely a girl!" So I was satisfied and completely over the moon to know that I'm having the baby girl I always wanted. As soon as we got back in the car, DS says to me, "You were wrong mommy - I told you it was a girl" He was right! LOL! xoxo
1st Date of last AF: May 12, 2010
BFP: June 4 (and again June 7 )
5 weeks - m/s starts
8 weeks 5 days - first appt and u/s - heartbeat 177bpm - Zofran Rx
11 weeks - m/s subsides quite a bit - I have more energy!
12 weeks 5 days - 2nd appt - heartbeat high 150/low 160s
15 weeks - daily headaches - 1/2 cup of coffee seems to do the trick
16 weeks - stopped waitressing!! woo hoo!!
17 weeks - 3rd appt - heartbeat 155 - felt baby for the first time
17.5 weeks - BH start every day - and feeling daily movement!
18 weeks - paid for a 3D u/s - IT'S A GIRL!!!!! heartbeat 141
20 weeks - 4th appt - hb 133, baby 10 oz. all measurements perfect - cervix looks good
22 weeks - daily headaches stopped suddenly - thank God!
23 weeks - feeling really uncomfortable - BH really picking up
24 weeks - 5th appt - hb 145 - cervix still good - baby is super low adding to discomfort - start new diet due to rapid weight gain
25 weeks - starting to feel better on new diet - more veggies, less carbs. Feeling more energy and less uncomfortable. Walking everyday on the treadmill.
27 weeks - birth classes start!
28 weeks - starting to feel very tired again - trying to limit myself and rest more.
29 weeks - 6th appt - baby head down - hb 140 - iron low, started supplements. Passed GD test.
31 weeks - 7th appt - baby head down - hb 140 - measured 31 weeks perfectly. DS came to this appt!
32 weeks - so tired - doing my best to keep iron levels up - baby is so low it's getting uncomfortable.
34 weeks - 8th appt - baby head down and super low still - cervix closed - hb 146
34 weeks 2 days - Stronger contrax with definite peaks starting daily
35.5 weeks - lot's more regular contrax - stronger & longer
36 weeks - 9th appt - baby engaged at 0 station, 1 cm dilated. Bedrest ordered for one week to keep baby in.
37 weeks - made it!! 10th appt - tested positive for GBS 1-2 cm dilated, 50% effaced, baby went back up to -3. hb 145
37 weeks - heartburn making it harder to sleep
37w 5d - spent night at midwifery center - baby at -1, only 2 cm dilated 50% effaced - sent home to rest. waiting for something to happen...
38 weeks - 11th appt - everything looks the same. Zantac recommended for heartburn. It works! Sleeping much better.
39 weeks - 12th appt - 2 cm dilated, still thick cervix. hb mid 150's. baby still low.
:preggo: Belly Pictures
34 weeks 4 days
1st appt: July 12 (almost 9 weeks)
2nd appt: August 9 (almost 13 weeks)
3rd appt: September 8 (17 weeks)
4th appt: BIG u/s September 28 (20 weeks)
5th appt: October 29 (24 w 2 d)
6th appt: Nov 30 (almost 29 weeks) - passed glucose test!
7th appt: Dec 15 (31 weeks)
8th appt: Jan 3 (almost 34 weeks)
9th appt: Jan 19 (36 weeks)
10th appt: Jan 26 (37 weeks - full term!)
11th appt: Feb 1 (38 weeks)
12th appt: Feb 9 (39 weeks)
next appt: Feb 17 (one day past due date - 40 weeks 1 day)
almost 4 weeks: 107 lb
almost 9 weeks: 108 lb
almost 13 weeks: 111 lb
17 weeks: 115 lb
20 weeks: 121 lb
24 w 2 d: 130 lb
29 weeks: 134 lb
31 weeks: 137 lb
almost 34 weeks: 143 lb
36 weeks: 143 lb (yay!)
37 weeks: 147 lb
38 weeks: 148 lb
39 weeks: 147.5 lb
Congrats, and welcome to your lodge! I enjoyed your story... and all the pics, you look great!
Wow, you are super organized! I wish I would have kept all my stats/info so nice and neat.
And I just love your belly pics -you have such a cute bump! Oh neat, we have the same starting weight and pretty darn close to same current weight!
Birth of David Anthony, July 14, 2005 7:14pm - 6lb 8oz - born at 38 weeks 5 days.
No birthing classes - was going to *try* to go natural...
I woke up at 3am with contractions I couldn't sleep through. I started walking around the house pacing trying to keep things going - I was so done and ready to have this baby come. I called my mom to waste the time (I was in Los Angeles and she was on the East Coast - her flight out wasn't for another 3 or 4 days). She freaked out that I couldn't sleep through the contrax and begged me to start timing them and to wake up my DH. I got off the phone and started timing the contrax on the computer in our bedroom. They were 3 min apart. I felt bad to wake DH up because he had been throwing up all night He woke up on his own with me in the room on the computer and asked what I was doing. I told him and he immediately jumped out of bed, puked, and then took a shower. I called my friend who was training to be a doula and she came over - we jumped immediately in the car.
The contrax weren't stronger than I could handle but we just went in because the contrax were timing right - ya know? Anyway, I get to the hosp - they check me and I'm about 2 cm dialated. They monitored me for a little while and checked me in. Said I was def in labor but if I wanted the least amount of medical interference that I should go home and come back once things really picked up or if my water broke. We decided to go home for a while and let DH sleep some more - he was soooo tired and sick. I assume we're in for a long day at home so as soon as we get back home, Dave goes back to bed, my doula turns on the tv and I start bouncing on my birthing ball. Immediately my water pops and gushes everywhere! I run to the bathroom and call to DH - we gotta go back - sorry He jumps up, pukes again, and gets us all back in the car!
Back at the hosp - about an hour after we had just left - they check me and I think I was at 4cm. They keep me there because of the ruptured membranes. I labored at the hospital from about 10am to about 5pm naturally. I got in different positions and took lots of warm showers. I was having terrible back labor - my water had broken and DS was posterior! They let me walk about freely and were sensitive not to ask me if I wanted any pain killers.
At about 4p or 5p I hit transition. I was in so much pain and had no training on what to do. I decided to get in the bed and lay on my back! Huge mistake. Contrax were so strong and I was FIGHTING every single one of them. DH noticed I was pushing because I was pooping the bed. He called the nurse who got really serious with me. She checked me and I was only 8cm - she said I could not push it could be dangerous to the baby and my body. I needed to stop. I tried but I couldn't - I just felt out of control. No one ever told me to try relaxing - they just tried to get me to breathe differently. Wasn't working. DH looked at me and said - "you're getting and epidural right now!" He was really worried about me and I didn't know what to do. It took about an hour to get the epi approved and ready to administer because of my cancer history they had to do a bunch of blood tests first.
The epi guy came in and had me sit up and relax - "I'm about to put a needle in your spine I need you to hold perfectly still even if you're having a contrax". Immediately I felt so much relief just from relaxing my body!! I remember thinking that I could have just done that the whole time and not gotten the epi! It was like 100x better and the next contrax I barely even felt. Anyway - I wasn't stopping the epi at that point so I got a dose and was laid back on my back in bed.
At about 6:30p (about an hour after the epi) they checked me and told me I was 10 cm and I could push. I never felt an urge to push and never felt what I was doing but pushed pretty well - only about 45 min and our baby boy was here! He was pretty blue when he came out and they had a hard time getting him to breathe on his own at first. They grabbed my gown by the neck and yanked it off me (it was attached with snaps) and dumped David on my bare chest and rubbed him into my chest with a warm blanket for a few minutes. I was just starring forward and feeling crazy! I didn't know what was happening or what was going to happen and I didn't want to do anything wrong. They immediately wisked him from the room and didn't bring him back for over 2 hours. DH went with him the whole time and I was left - but I had a huge group of girlfriends there with me.
It took me 2 days to bond with David. I did not want to hold him or look at him pretty much at all. I can't describe why I felt that way except for I just felt really freaked out that something could happen to him - he could stop breathing again - and I would be too heartbroken to handle it. I cried for those 2 days just feeling like a terrible person for not wanting to hold my son DH was really worried about me and wasn't sure what was going to happen.
On the second night I was praying and God just ministered to me. He said He had created this child and created me to be his mother, that He created all his organs and his ability to sustain life and I should trust him. I was so overcome with peace that I could do this. I could be his mom, I could take care of him, and God was going to protect him - all his systems were going to work and he would be ok. I went to the nursery and asked them to bring him to my room. I kept him with me until it was time to leave the next day and have been attached ever since
Things I'll do differently this time:
Stay at home longer in labor
Relax my body and stay in control of relaxing
Have a mw and birth in a birthing center
NOT get an epi. I blame the epi for David not breathing well and for my difficulty bonding in the beginning - NOT WORTH IT.
Keep my baby with me at all times after birth - except when medically necessary to take her to the nursery.
Congrats on your lodge! I loved reading your stories! TFS!
Oh my goodness! Your belly pics are beautiful and I was in tears reading your birth story! Thank you so much for sharing!
Welcome to your lodge! Your post on the Feb. board sounds like you might see some action soon, can't wait!!
Latest two updates - from this morning: Started contrax last night. Were 3 min apart for 3 hours. Slowed down around 10:30p and I was able to sleep. Contrax now about 5 - 10 min apart. Hoping to wait for baby at least one more week! I guess we'll see. Labor was so intense last night that I had my in laws pick up David. I hve a mw appt at 2p today.
After mw appt:
1 cm dilated baby at 0 station but cervix still long. Mw worried all the contrax are wearing me out. Gave me a sleeping pill to take if I can't sleep on my own. Supposed to drink half glass of red wine and sit in a warm bath tub as long as I can stand it. Going to my in laws to sit in their jacuzzi tub for the evening. Will keep u posted.
Sounds like your body is giving you a workout. Hope you are able to get some rest. TFS your story!
congrats! welcome to your lodge. loved reading your intro and seeing the pics...you look great
How exciting things are happening for you! Hmm... half glass of red wine and a soak in a hot tub... that sounds good to me, I like the way your mw thinks, lol!
Actually got close to 8 hours off and on last night. Started spotting red blood but mw says not to worry unless it's enough to drip down my legs (nice thing to think about..). Just ate some cheerios with banana and am laying on the couch resting. Doing everything I can to keep contrax low. Mw said to call if I can't calm them down and they'll put me in the hospital on an iv and some sleep meds. I love that they are willing to do everything they can to stop my labor until I'm 37 weeks. I really want to get her to full term - especially since it's flu season and also I can't birth in the midwifery center if I'm under 37 weeks.
Hardest part is having no control over house work and cooking meals. DH is amazing but he just doesn't do as good of a job as I do!! Not complaining...just resting...
I had contractions at 36w and they actually delivered my baby. I was soooo scared that something would be wrong. He ended up with jaundice but was fine. I really hope you can make it a little while longer. You know I read an article about the urge to push before 10cm. I will try to find it today and post it. It really isn't as dangerous as your doc last time made it sound. What birth classes did you try this time?
What an amazing intro. You are one strong mama. Hope little bean makes it a few more days to term.
loved reading your intro and birth story and so glad that you are more prepared this go around! Hopefully your body can hold off just a little while longer and allow you to rest in the meantime!
Of course, they are willing to deliver the baby now if needed - just trying to do our best to keep her in until 37 weeks. Resting is going ok. I have friends and hubby helping out a lot. In the grand scheme of things, asking for help for just one week isn't too bad - so grateful I only have 5 days left!
So far so good - contrax stay pretty steady at 10 - 20 min apart lasting around one minute. That's as long as I stay pretty still. I contract every time I get up to go to the bathroom or get something to eat - so try not to move too much. Had a lot of contrax that kept waking me up in the middle of the night last night. I kept thinking - just go back to sleep... Otherwise, slept pretty good.
Birth classes we took this time were natural childbirth classes given by this woman who has been a homebirth midwife for over 45 years and has birthed literally thousands of babies. There was a guy in the class who was having his first baby - and she delivered him when he was born! She was amazing - teaching us all about control and relaxation, pushing, preparing your body...
Actually DH was not into me trying to go natural until after we started her classes. Now he's totally on board with it! Oh and yeah - post that article if you find it! Would love to read!
Welcome to your lodge. I'm so excited for you to get the birth you want.
That's so cute that DH is on board with a natural birth this time after going to the class. Men are funny about new things. I'm glad he is excited about it now. Haveing a supportive partner is a big factor in a really great birth.
OK sorry it took so long here it is:
"The “Rule of 10” Versus Women’s Primal Wisdom"
It talks about the urge to push before 10cm. This isn't the same thing as the power birth thing that Brittany posted.
How are you feeling today?
Doing pretty good! I've kept this baby in for a few more days Woo hoo! Saturday night I had some pretty strong contractions 2 minutes apart lasting for one minute. Literally they were 1 minute on, 1 minute off - for two hours. I laid still for the first hour relaxing - then timed them for the second hour (still relaxing). I finally decided to get up, drink a glass of water and lay on the couch. They just slowly tapered off - woo hoo! I'm so excited that I'm just a couple of days away from 37 weeks. Have a mw appt Wed morning and then it's on!
yay for being so close to 37 weeks! I can't wait to be there! Just keep resting this next couple of days and then move around all you want
Sounds like your body is really getting in some great practice! I bet by the time it's go time you will go nice and easy. Isn't it fun with the second baby? Not having the hyper-excitement of a first timer and really allowing your body to relax and do what it needs to? Hope you have a great day today!
Glad you are getting some rest!
Just one more day and you'll be 37 weeks! Yay!
That is great news. It sounds like you are getting close.
Starting moving around a little more today. Figure one day won't make too much of a difference right?? We are in the process of buying a house (fabulous timing I know!) and we had our home inspection today. That was really exciting and we were very happy to find out that the house checks out - so we're moving forward! Our closing date is Feb 14. DH is going to tear down one of the walls, strip the floors and get new carpet in, and paint the whole thing - whew! So, we're not planning to actually move in until around April 1. I'll be glad to have a month at least with my LO in a stable house until I have to start packing and moving!
DTD for the first time in about a week and a half - man I needed that! Having some pretty strong contrax right now but nothing *too* close together. We'll see what happens over night. I have bags packed for all of us and all the plans are in order - so ready whenever she is - and now I'm 37 weeks! SO HAPPY!!!!!
MW appt at 9:30am tomorrow - probably won't really find anything out - I doubt they'll check me or anything. So just waiting now...
Congrats on the home inspection! All of that home-buying stuff is so stressful I can't even imagine having to go through it 37 weeks pregnant. You're are Wonderwoman!
Great news on the house and whohoo about making it to 37w.
Sounds like everything is falling into place wonderfully! Now that you are 37 weeks, we hope we see that baby (when it is ready of course;))!!!
Woohoo on reaching 37 weeks and for a good home inspection! We were dealing with purchasing a home 1 week before DS #5 was born, very stressful!
Mw appt this morning. I tested positive for GB Strep also my BP was high so they had to run some extra tests. Supposed to stay on my left side until they get the results. Supposed to call the mw if I have any inkling of labor - great - that happens all the time...
So sorry about the group B strep! I was positive for it when I had my daughter. Keep us posted on what they say about your blood pressure. Hoping to hear good news!
So sorry about the strep & I hope your BP goes down.
Buying a house is super stressful but congrats!!! And yay for 37th week!
Labs came back normal for bp concerns. Just have to lay down for a few hours everyday. Anyone have advice about group b? Would love to know some tricks to combat it. Kind of worries me...
Sorry to hear about the GBS. But good to know that everything came back normal for your BP concerns. Just hang in there mama! You are almost there.
Sorry about the GBS, here's a link I found with some natural ways to help with it, I hope it's what you're looking for
I'm glad the higer BP wasn't of too much concern, I agree with a PP that buying a house is a major stressor and could have alot to do with it.
ETA: Sorry I just noticed they're preventative, I didn't have a chance to read all the way through, maybe some of them will be of some help
Thanks! Looks like that week of bedrest calmed everything down for a while! It's been over a week now since I've had any regular contrax. I'm happy for her to stay in as long as she needs to! Been having fun running errands with DH, looking at carpet/wood flooring options, paint, etc... Feeling pretty sick to my stomach all night last night and this morning - that sucks Probably going to lay around this morning and will miss DS' basketball game. My mom will most likely come over and sit with me - she's been around quite a bit the last few weeks helping out!
Illness at end of pregnancy is no fun. Feel better soon. Glad your mom can help out.
That stinks! I was sick to my stomach the night before last, but was fine the next day (after lots of rest). Hopefully some rest will do you good too!
Hope you have a relaxing day and get all rested!! It's nice to have mom around right now, isn't it? I thought making people would be the ultimate 'Now I'm a grown-up' activity, but instead the last weeks of pregnancy, birth and the first weeks of being home make me want my mommy. Glad yours is about to help out!
Thanks girls So yesterday my contrax picked up quite a bit. Around 10a they got into a 5 min apart pattern for about two hours with no pick up beyond that. I called the mw at noon to tell her since I'm GBS + and a little paranoid about that. She said it sounded prodronal still and to take a warm shower and a nap. I woke up from my nap around 2p to the contrax still about 5 min apart. I walked around, did dishes, straightened up a little. At 3:30p or 4p they started getting stronger and closer - like 2 - 3 min. We decided to drive to my inlaws to drop off DS just in case. When we got to IL's I walked around their house for about 30 min. Even tho they weren't going away - they weren't getting any stronger either. I could still force myself to talk and walk through them even though it was really uncomfortable. I was waiting for them to get unbareable before I called the mw back - but was expecting to go in last night. All of a sudden around 6p everything stopped!!!! WTH??
I ended up falling asleep at 9p and slept great all night - woke up at 9a this morning to a few contrax but nothing steady.
When I was pg with DS - as soon as my contrax got to 3 min apart - I had him hours later! I never had this start stop thing going on. This is about the 3rd or 4th time now that this has happened. Although - the contrax yesterday did get more intense then they have before. I know I'm getting closer and I really don't mind if Rese wants to stay in all the way past her due date - but all this prodromal labor is exhausting. I wish I just wouldn't have all these contrax if I'm not in real labor. It keeps me from being able to do anything because I'm afraid someones going to call an ambulance on me if I'm out alone - haha! Not to mention the fear that these things are doing something and labor is just eventually going to hit me hard and I'd better be close to home just in case.
Poor thing. I hate the false alarm feeling too. I don't mind staying pregnant ad I don't mind contractions but the anticipation is a killer. I hope things either quiet down or gear up soon!
Not to mention the fear that these things are doing something and labor is just eventually going to hit me hard and I'd better be close to home just in case.
This is what I am worried about too! I keep having these fake outs (not quite as convincing as yours sounded), but with all the contractions, if they are making some progress I am nervous how fast labor might go (watch it will be SLOOOOOW)...with ILs being 1 hour away and the birth center being 30 minutes away... I don't want to be that lady that ends up on the news, giving birth in the car
The constant contractions can be very tiring. I am so sorry. Just remember false labor is not false. Hugs!
Would you believe I'm dealing with this again??
Around 10:30p last night I started getting really strong contrax hitting me. I decided to just lay on the couch because it was pretty late and if I was going to have the baby I didn't want to be over tired. Around 11:30p I just couldn't relax so I asked DH to run a bath for me.
I sat in the bath until a little after midnight and decided to try to fall asleep in bed. I wasn't timing the contrax but they were pretty close together and pretty strong. I laid in bed until about 2a - I dozed off here and there but mostly couldn't sleep. At 2a I got up and started bouncing on my ball and timing contrax - figured I might as well try to do something if I wasn't going to be able to sleep.
The contrax were timing averaging around 2:40 apart and lasting about 50 sec long. Close to 2:30a they were getting to be a full minute long. I called my mom and talked to her for a little bit and then decided to go ahead and call my mw. I called her at 3a and she told me to plan to come in around 4a so they could check me and get me started on an antibiotic for my GBS.
Took DS to a friend's house and got to the midwifery center around 4:30a. She checked me and I was still only 2cm!! :eek: Ugggg!! Only 50% effaced - but baby was super low - she said the contrax def moved Rese down. (she was at a -1) They started me on the antibiotics anyway and told me to either walk around or rest. I chose to rest. I tried to sleep for about an hour - I think I got some sleep in that time. By 6a the contrax just stopped coming... They had spaced out to 10 min or more apart.
Mw said I could stay and try to walk or stay and rest or go home, whatever I wanted to do. I decided to go home. Got here around 7a and DH and I slept until 10a. Now contrax are still strong but not regular. This is seriously killing me! mw doesn't know why my body is doing this - can only guess maybe Rese's hand is in my cervix somewhere and it's irritating my uterus??
On a positive note - the midwifery center experience was WONDERFUL! They didn't need me to do anything but just relax and do whatever I wanted to do. Once they started my IV and monitored the baby for a little bit, they never once came in to bug me. The room was so big and relaxing - the bed was so comfortable - the tub was all set waiting for whenever I will be ready. I loved the experience so much and feel so confident about laboring there when the time is right.
Sorry for the long story - I love details! Haha! Going to take a nap now - who knows - maybe this baby will still come today?
I'm so sorry that you had such an exhausting night and then it fizzled out! Hopefully it will just make the birth that much shorter and easier! I bet it won't be long now!
How are you feeling today? Any more action? Or did she let you relax last night?